A new outbreak of tiger mosquitos has residents complaining, town halls asking the regional government for help and farmers having difficulties carrying out their work
By Joe Wickman SEVERAL Castellón towns are pleading the regional government to take action and help fight the tiger mosquito plague that is currently affecting residents.
For over a week, residents of Castellón’s Plana Baja district have been complaining about a sudden increase in tiger mosquitos, whose bite is painful and a nuisance to deal with.
Nules, Moncofa, Burriana and Villarreal have been the most affected towns in this regard, with representatives explaining that even though they are carrying out localised actions on the ground, further support is needed as there are abandoned plots of land on the outskirts that they can’t access but also need fumigating.
They filed a request for aerial support this week, but on Tuesday the regional government turned it down, saying that “in the marshes few areas with water were detected, and where there was, live larvae were not detected. Furthermore, we verified that there are few active mosquito hubs and those that do exist are hidden within the veg- etation of crops”.
Nules mayor David García countered that ‘they manage the situation from their offices, not on the ground (…). I invite them to spend an hour in town, next to our residents, to they understand what is happening these days’. Meanwhile, Burriana mayoress Maria Josep Safont alerted that children’s football practices are being cancelled due to an overwhelming presence of these insects, and explained that it is a matter of ‘public health’. Lastly, the re- gional farming association has also alerted they received ‘numerous complaints’ in previous days, and that ‘the situation in the fields is unsustainable. Actions can’t be limited to urban environments.’